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This book chapter was originally published as:

Lipworth, W., Little, M., Gordon, J., Markham, P., & Kerridge I. (2013). The place of patient-centred care in medical professional culture: a qualitative study. In M. Keating, A. MacDermott, & K. Montgomery (Eds.), Patient centred health-care: Achieving co-ordination, communication and innovation (pp. 53-62). Melbourne, Australia: Palgrave McMillan.

ISBN: 9781349456222


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Despite widespread support, the implementation of patient-centred care (PCC) remains a challenge and it is often assumed that further clinical education and culture change are needed. To inform such efforts, we need to know whether the principles underpinning PCC accord with doctors’ personal and cultural values. In this chapter, we report the results of a qualitative interview study of clinicians, conducted in order to establish whether PCC emerges in the narratives of Australian doctors, and, if so, how. Our findings suggest that doctors both understand and value the principles underpinning PCC. This suggests that patient-centeredness is part of the professional culture of medicine, and that those wanting to ensure that this patient-centeredness remains an integral part of practice for succeeding generations of doctors might need to focus not as much on education and culture change as on ensuring that there are structures and processes in place to support PCC.


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The download available is the postprint (pre-copyedited, author-produced) PDF of a book chapter published in [ Keating M, MacDermott A, Montgomery K (Eds) 'Patient centred health-care: Achieving co-ordination, communication and innovation' Palgrave McMillan. Pages 53-62 following peer review.